Tita Kerala Khar (Assamese Bitter Gourd Khar)

Ingredients

4 bitter gourds, cut into small pieces and seeds discarded
3 tbsp masoor dal, washed and soaked in water
1 tsp panch phoran
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp ginger juice
2 slit green chillies
1/2 tsp cooking soda
Salt to taste
1 tbsp mustard oil

Method –

Heat oil in a pan
Add the panch phoran
When it splutters, add ginger and garlic
After 15 seconds, add the bitter gourd and stir fry for 2 minutes
Add the drained dal and saute till it changes colour
Add the soda mixed with 2 tbsp of water
Saute for a minute
Add 2 cups of water and let it come to a boil
Add salt
Cover with a lid and cook on low heat
Once the dal and vegetables are soft, add ginger juice and green chillies
After 2 minutes, remove from heat and serve with rice

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